WHO: Match.comWHAT: The online matchmaker is being sued by some of its former users for forcing them to pay for access to expired dating profiles or bogus profiles posted by spammers. According to a class-action complaint filed in federal district court in Dallas, as many as 60 percent of the profiles posted at the site are inactive or belong to fake or fraudulent users, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Read More
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson just struck down the individual mandate in Congress' sweeping health care legislation passed earlier this year. The case was brought on behalf of the commonwealth of Virgina by state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The legislation requires all qualified Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Read More
The White House is dismissing the threat of nearly two dozen legal challenges from the states against President Obama's health care reforms, equating its defense of mandatory health insurance with landmark court fights over civil rights and Social Security.
"This is nothing new," Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president for special projects, said on the White House blog. Read More
A second person affected by the natural-gas line explosion in San Bruno has filed a class-action lawsuit asking for compensation and independent control of a relief fund created by PG&E.
One of PG&E’s 30-inch natural-gas lines exploded in a residential neighborhood of the Peninsula city Sept. 9. The blast and ensuing conflagration killed eight people, injured dozens and destroyed many homes. Read More
Probably because they knew I would be there anyway, I was asked by the San Francisco Young Democrats to be the moderator for a series of debates among candidates for supervisor seats. Thus far, we have hosted a forum for candidates in districts 6 and 10. (We’ll be doing one for District 8 on Sept. 22.)
On Monday, I also moderated a Distract 6 debate sponsored by the South Beach/Mission Bay Merchants Association. Read More
Gubernatorial races in two states have produced conflicting opinions from federal appeals courts on the constitutionality of publicly financed “matching funds” systems.
Florida Republican hopeful Rick Scott won a lawsuit before the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta which will curtail the state money available to his flagging, cash-poor opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum. As a publicly financed candidate, McCollum would have received matching funds Read More
A San Francisco woman who says Lucasfilm Ltd. canceled a job offer after learning she was pregnant won a $113,830 jury verdict Wednesday.Julie Gilman Veronese, 37, sued the film company late last year, claiming an aide to George Lucas revoked an offer for a $75,000-a-year personal assistant position after she revealed she was pregnant. Read More
Forty-nine air travelers from 15 states filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco today seeking to block the planned merger of United Air Lines and Continental Airlines.
The proposed merger of Chicago-based United and Houston-based Continental was announced in May. It would be called United and would be based in Chicago, and it would create the world's largest airline in terms of revenue-producing passenger miles. Read More
A Marin County jury will begin its first full day of deliberations today in a pregnancy-discrimination lawsuit brought against Lucasfilm Ltd. by a San Francisco woman.
Julie Gilman Veronese, daughter-in-law of San Francisco lawyer Angela Alioto, sued the famed film company last year. She claims George Lucas’ personal assistant offered her a $75,000-a-year job working in the filmmaker’s home, but refused to let her start work after learning she was pregnant. Read More
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s legal argument against The City to overturn City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s opinion she cannot run for re-election says Herrera “is wrong on the math,” offers a “pretended reason for this mysterious conclusion” and has came to the opinion he did “for reasons and motives unknown.” This legal argument was filed Tuesday.
It all comes down to the City Charter. Members of the Board of Supervisors can serve two four-year consecutive terms. Read More